Billy Replaces Shane
Relax, Shane isn’t really being replaced in centerfield. Billy Joel is having a concert at Citizens Bank Park tomorrow night and again on Saturday night and a huge stage is in the final construction stages in centerfield.
On Monday, a large crane anchored itself on the warning track in front of the Phillies bullpen. For two days, large steel beams were lofted into place to build the stage and sound system. It is almost as tall as the left field scoreboard.
The concert crew has taken over the visiting clubhouse, umpire’s room, part of the Media Room and the two auxiliary locker rooms. It is a big production and lots of people are milling around.
12,000 chairs are being set up on the playing field. First, special flooring has to be placed on top of the grass playing field. Once the concert ends on Saturday night, the process of removing everything begins.
There’s a baseball game to be played here next Tuesday night.
Weekly reviews of the Phillies minor league system appear on phillies.com. Updates are usually posted Tuesdays or Wednesdays.
There’s a lot of good news coming from the minor leagues. One is RHP Scott Mathieson. At one time, he was projected as a bullpen piece but he wound up with two, not one, Tommy John surgeries. He’s back on the mound again and today was promoted to Reading. Great kid and we wish him well.
Phillies leave smoldering Phoenix after tonight’s game. Temperature today in the Arizona city is supposed to reach 108. In San Francisco tomorrow, high is listed at 66.
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